69-year-old man found dead after family asked police to check on him, now his son is accused of murder

welfare check leads to man being found dead son arrested for his murder
Source: Genesee County Sheriff's Office, Mega

Oct. 19 2021, Published 11:18 a.m. ET

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The family of a 69-year-old New York man called police asking them to check on his condition, but police found him dead and are now accusing his son of murder.

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Around 11 a.m. on Oct. 17, authorities said they received a phone call from a family member of Martin Maher, 69.

The family member stated they could not get in touch with Maher, so they were asking police to check on him, officials said. Police said they went to the home in Oakfield, New York, and faound Martin dead.

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Authorities said Maher’s death was ruled a homicide, but no motive for the killing has been released, WHEC reported.

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Deputies investigated and arrested 37-year-old Nicholas M. Maher, the son of Martin, who also lived at the same home.

Police found Nicholas Maher in Erie County, New York, as he was taken into custody. He was booked into the Genesee County Jail and denied bail.

Nicholas was charged with second-degree murder and police said there was no threat to the public, as this was an isolated event.

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